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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDA Smithson Valley athletic facilities face space crunch See Page 15 50 CENTS The Plaza bandstand 16 pages in one section Friday March New Braunfels Herald Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of MASON SCHMIDT Vol 143 No 100 Inside State and National Sports Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Flo Hernandez Crystal Marie Madero seven Robert Massman Diana Marie Perez Mason Schmidt 17 Gracie De la Cerda and Brittany Gay ton Happy belated birth days to Adolfo AJ Orte ga Joan E Neuman 88 Andrew Ros ales 11 and Letl cla Cruz nine Todays weather Cloudy and a chance of showers today high 58 low 52 Partly cloudy and warmer tomorrow Dont forget to spring ahead We return to Daylight Sav ings Time at 2 Sunday so dont forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night or youll be late for church Sunday Hearing set on Canyon Lake safety rules A public hearing will be held at the Canyon Lake Action Center 1941 Hwy 2673 Canyon Lake at 9 am April 11 regarding Water Safety Rules and Regulations affect ing Canyon Lake Copies of Rules and Regulations will be available for review at the Bul verde Library the Tye Preston Memorial Library the Canyon Lake Action Center and the WORD Office Comal County Aggie Muster coming The 1995 Aggie Muster will be held Friday April 21 at the New Braunfels Knights of Columbus Hall Fellowship will begin at with dinner starting at Guest speaker for Muster will be Mr Donald Powell 56 director of business services for Texas University and coauthor of The Fightin Texas Aggie Band a com prehensive history of the Aggie Band from 1894 to the present Reservations can be made by calling 6200704 Reservation deadline is Tues day April 18 Cost including dinner is for adults and for children age 11 and under Barbecue tickets The New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary is one of the organizations chosen to sell barbecue tickets for the Sesqui centennial Barbecue on April 22 No tickets will be sold the day of the barbecue sales will close April 17 If you would like to purchase your tickets from the Auxiliary they will be at Fire Station 4120 Loop 337 on Saturday April 1 from 11 and 4 Please come to the back parking area This newspaper is print ed on recycled newsprint Three killed in wreck on Interstate 35 Parry and thrust HeraldZeitung photo by MICHEALE DARNALL Richard Muenich and John Felger practice their fencing in the parking lot of Felgers Tube Rental on Liberty Street The two are members of the Southwest Texas State University Fencing Club By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Three New Braunfels residents are dead and one is in critical condition fol lowing an accident involving two cars and a tractor trailer truck last night said New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John E Wommack According to police reports the acci dent occurred like this At about Kory Hudgins of New Braunfels was driving a Mazda MX6 southbound on IH35 near Ruek le Road He lost control of the car and crossed the center lane hitting the 1990 Honda Accord driven by Gracie Villar real wife of New Braunfels Police Detective Sergeant John Villarreal VillarreaFs car spun around It was struck on the drivers side by an 18 wheeler driven by Danny Fish of Grove Oklahoma Villarreal and her passenger Mar garita Espinoza both of New Braunfels were killed Hudgins was thrown from his car and killed Robert Ryan McNeill of New Braunfels a passenger in Hudgins car was taken by Air Life to Brooke Army Medical Center At press time he was listed in critical condition All were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident Fish was not injured Scholarship fund set up to honor teacher killed in crash By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Smithson Valley High School has established a scholarship fluid in memory of Annette Hanley the science teacher who was killed in a March 9 traffic acci dent Money donated to the fund will be used for a yearly scholarship The scholarship will be given to a SVHS senior who plans to go to college and study science or ecol ogy said school principal Joe Rogers Those wishing to contribute can send donations to Annette Hanley Scholarship Fund Smith son Valley High School 4001 Hwy 46 West Spring Branch Texas 78070 The fund began as a way to honor Hanley who was well loved by students and teachers Rogers said Weve had a lot of folks calling in wanting to con he said Students in the SVHS Ecology Club will make another lasting tribute to Hanley by replanting the star in front of the school and planting trees on the school cam pus Rogers said New Braunfels police are still investigating the crash that killed Hanley A pickup truck driven by former City Councilman Dan Bremer went over the center line of Hwy 46 and struck Hanleys car headon Witnesses are being questioned and a sample of Bremers blood has been sent to Austin for analy sis a step taken in all fatal acci dents said New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Wommack The wounds of grief are heal ing slowly but surely at the high school Rogers said The stu dents are he said and they understand thats how the world Work on historic Faust St bridge OKd by county commissioners By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Construction work on the Faust Street Bridge will happen The question becomes when Commissipners approved the agree ment between the county and the state Thursday paving the way for work to begin The county must first wait for state authorities to finalize the paper work then make sure environmental impact studies are complete and even tually hire contractors to begin They the state will probably give us a direction on when to said County Engineer Tom Homseth The state will fund most of the cost The county received a grant through the Texas Department of Transportation to repair the historic bridge once used to usher wagons and later automobiles across the Guadalupe River The county however will have to fund about onefifth or roughly of the cost to make the bridge a pedes trian walkway It is currently barricaded Construction of an apartment com State to fund most of the cost of the project start date undecided plex has begun on one side of the river near the bridge with another planned for the other side County Judge Carter Cas teel said the Chamber of Commerce esti mated a 10 million tax base there with in county taxes alone Helen Schuparra of Schuparra Prop erties Inc in San Antonio said she was pleased the bridge would be constructed she said We in fact see it as an additional amenity She said their complex would hope fully be completed by the end of the summer which would be sooner than the bridge With another complex sched uled the area would become much more developed than it is now Commissioner Jumbo Evans said the project was truly worthwhile but requested the county obtain an inter local agreement with the city that they eventually agree to take over die property and maintain through the parks system perhaps The court voted to let the county judge talk with the city officials to see what could be done The county owns the bridge although the land surrounding is obviously within city limits The court also approved an agreement between the county and state for a sim ilar type of grant to fund a pedestrian walkway over the First Crossing of the Guadalupe River on River Road TxDOT is scheduled to handle that con struction and the Water Oriented Recre ation District WORD is supposed to fund a portion of the project Commissioner Evans reminded the court that any cost overrun on either project would fall to the county and that the county must be vigilant in keeping schedules accurate and in balance Accident at San Antonio St raises questions about railroad safety By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Those blasted trains Just about everyone in New Braunfels has wasted time waiting while they pass People who live near the tracks are bothered at all hours by the whistles shaking and roaring of passing trains Then there is the more serious side of having train and motor traffic intertwine throughout New Braunfels Wednesday night a car was struck by a train at the W San Antonio Street crossing Fatal accidents have happened in New Braunfels Train tracks running through town also add to the risk that a leak of toxic substances from a train derailment would have serious consequences The San Antonio Street crossing has no barri cades that lower to warn motorists Residents have wondered in letters to the HeraldZeitung editor what would happen if an ambulance on the way to a heart attack victim was stopped by a passing train Train traffic through New Braunfels will only increase in the future about five percent a year due to increases in trade allowed by NAFTA said Darin Kosmak Railroad Liaison Manager in Traffic Operation Divisions of the Texas Depart ment of Transportation How can New Braunfels make railroad inter sections safer One of the big steps isgetting the state to make it a said Melissa Millecarn San Marcos government and community affairs coordinator San Marcos is trying to get its rail roads rerouted to bypass the city Millican said Even changing the signals at one crossing can be complicated Kosmak said The upgrading of existing warning devices is HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A passenger train struck a car at this crossing on San Antonio Street this week The cross ing does not have arms that lower to stop traffic when a train approaches San Marcos is considering a plan to reroute train tracks around the city dependent on age of signals and the accident his tory of the he said There is no state warehouse full of barricades ready to install they have to be custom designed for each intersection Telephone and electric lines have prevented New Braunfels from getting barricades at the San Antonio Street intersection in the past said New Braunfels City Engineer William Dobrowol ski Recent upgrades in the lines have brought the intersection closer to being ready for barricades he there is the cost It varies greatly at each intersection Kosmak said The city state and railroad usually end up sharing the costs and the city has to convince the state and railroad that a change is needed before the state will commit money to a project All parties would have to agree on a lot of different points Dobrowolski said A more ambitious alternative like overpasses and underpasses grade separations is the tech nical term is another option New Braunfels has a couple of them but they just arent feasible in many downtown locations Kosmak said because of the lead space needed to make the railroad tracks slope gently to the crossing The only recent grade separation New Braun fels seriously considered was at the Walnut rail road intersection Dobrowolski said San Marcos has been working on the idea of a railroad bypass for about two years Were still very much in the preliminary Millecarn said The whole community of San Marcos has gotten involved in the process of convincing the state they need a railroad bypass San Marcos does have a crying need for change They have no underpasses or overpasses Most of Hays Countys population is located on the opposite side of the tracks from the area hos pital There have been long trains that have blocked every intersection in town at Mil lecarn said Could a railroad bypass work for New Braun fels Many factors would have to work together Kosmak said San Marcos wants to build a high way loop around the city in conjunction with the railroad bypass New Braunfels already has one Loop 337 The cost would be enormous about million for each mile of track Kosmak said The cost would have to be shared by the railroad the city and the state Even for a project like barricades over one intersection One of the key things is that if the state believes that a community is united and supports the project they are likely to give it a higher Millecam said Call 6259144 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